Saturday, January 12, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2265:
Ryan Gosling pulls a woman from audience on Conan -
His Classic Body Language Tell

In this hilarious clip from Conan, his guest Ryan Gosling pulls a woman from the audience. She ends up acting as a surrogate for his responses to O'Brien. This is full of great body language, but I want to call your attention to Gosling's mouth during the 1:09 - 1:10 segment. His mouth configures to an asymmetrical lip purse to his right side. This one-sided purse conveys a decision making emotional-tone. His body language is very clearly saying, "Who shall I pick?" Moreover, this asymmetrical lip purse usually is being made in a very open, non-clandestine manner. 

Intriguingly, McKayla Maroney (one member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastics team) during a medal ceremony at the London Olympics made a longer lasting and less subtler version of this expression which was widely misinterpreted the World over as "not impressed", a pout, scowl, contempt, disgust, anger, etc.

There is no attempt at keeping secrets being contemplated here in Gosling's (or Maroney's) body language - although one subtle change (not seen in either example) would convey a covert emotional mindset. Do you know what this other nonverbal is?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2088: McKayla Maroney's Expression - Everyone Got it Wrong 2012 Olympic Vault Silver Medalist 

Negotiation Body Language Secret # 551: Jay Cutler - Openly Weighing a Decision

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2172: Governor Chris Christie's Body Language of Contempt -  Microexpressions and Subtle Displays

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2260: 'Top Chef' host Padma Lakshmi regarding  New Delhi's recent gang-rape,  Indian Culture and Sexual-Physical Harassment - Body Language Nuance

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1890: Eric Holder has (Emotional) Contempt toward Darrell Issa - while Rep. Issa is Very Excited to be Seeking  "Contempt of Congress" against Holder

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2164: Mitt Romney's Disgust Display regarding President Obama's Relationship with Putin and Russia -  ".... I'll give you more flexibility after the election ...."

Negotiation Secret # 389: Muammar's Constant Contempt